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  • Biometrics

    Q  What is a Cashless System?

    A A Cashless Catering System is a solution, which is purpose designed to meet the ever evolving needs and demands of the Catering Provision that is required by today’s Schools and Academies.

    The Trust-­‐e Cashless Solution allows schools to be better able to provide their students with a faster, more efficient and more appealing meal service.


    Q What is Biometric?

    A  Biometric is simply a method of identifying an individual person.  We will be using an algorithm based scan, which reads between 50 & 130 points on the finger/thumb.  It is not a fingerprint in any way, shape or form and is of use only in the cashless system.


    Q How does a Biometric System work?

    A  The information of a pupil or staff member, who has been biometrically registered, is stored on a secure Biometric Controller within the school, which only our provider, Nationwide Retail Systems Ltd, can access.  Once an account is credited the pupil or staff member places their finger/thumb on the EPOS Terminal, which looks up their account details and allows them to purchase items using only this method of identification.


    Q How does my child register on the Biometric System?

    Registration days will take place leading up to the ‘Live’ day of the Cashless System.  At this time registration terminals will be placed in the school.  Your child will attend at a requested time and they will be required to place their finger/thumb on a Biometric sensor twice to obtain a matching template, which only takes a few seconds.


    Q What methods of payment can be used to credit an account?

    Any amount can be credited to an account by way of any of the following methods.  Once an account has been credited the monies cannot be withdrawn and must be spent on the  school meal/break services.

    Cash at the Revaluation Machines – Revaluation machines will be sited at different locations within the school.  These can be used to top up accounts by the pupil/member of staff  placing their finger/thumb on the sensor followed by inserting the accepted tender below:

    £20, £10, £5 notes

    £2, £1, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p coins

    (Please note – copper coins are not accepted)

    On-­‐Line Payments – We have introduced On-­‐Line Payments in partnership with the Cashless Catering System.  To make a payment on line please go to the school website and click on the Parent’s link, then ParentPay link to  make an electronic payment.


    Q How can I check the credit on an account?

    This can be done by the account holder placing their finger/thumb on to the revaluation machine.  The current balance will then be displayed.   Alternatively, this can be accessed via the ParentPay account.


    Q Can I change the daily ‘Spend Limit’?

    A  Yes – The daily ‘Spend Limit’ has a default of £5 but this may be changed by written request by the parent/guardian/carer to the student services office.


    Q How do ‘free meal’ entitlements work?

    All free meal entitlements will be entered on to the system prior to the ‘Live’ day.  The Cashless Catering System will, on a daily basis, automatically allocate the appropriate accounts with the free meal amounts.  Pupils with Free Meal Entitlements remain  anonymous at all times as all account types are accessed in the exact same manner  regardless as to whether paid for or not.  NB.  Any monies not spent from the daily free meal allocation will not be carried over to the next day.


    Q Can anyone else use my child’s account?

    No – Due to the extensive security on Biometric templates no-­‐one will be able to access your child’s account.


    Q My child has an allergy, how will this be monitored

    All allergy records registered with the school will be entered on to the Cashless System.

    When pupils attempt to purchase an item, which has ingredients that they are allergic to, the system will alert the operator and prevent them from selling the chosen item.


    Q Can I dictate my child’s dietary requirements?

    The system will allow you to register any items that your child is not allowed due to dietary needs or religious beliefs.  Any such items must be confirmed in writing by the parent/guardian/carer to the student services office.


    Q Can I request a printed report of my child’s meal intake?

    Yes – The Cashless Catering System allows numerous reporting facilities, which includes Dietary Habits.  These may be requested by contacting the student services office.